Aphrodite Désirée Navab: I Am Not a Miniature

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Aphrodite Désirée Navab: I Am Not a Miniature

Time: November 7, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
Street: 547 West 27th St. #301
City/Town: NEW YORK
Website or Map: http://soho20gallery.com
Phone: 2123678994
Event Type: reception
Organized By: SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery
Latest Activity: Oct 25, 2013

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Aphrodite Désirée Navab

I Am Not a Miniature


October 29 – November 23, 2013


Opening Reception:

Thursday November 7, 6-8pm



Above: "Adam and Eve" from the Series I Am Not a Persian Miniature, 2013

             Archival Digital Print, 36" x 48"




In her new series, I Am Not a Miniature, Navab takes on the exclusively male artistic tradition of miniature painting, by performing it and including her own story. The marks on the artist's skin form a canvas interwoven with the marks of the projected painting, where miniature becomes monumental and personal becomes political, bridging the histories of once enemy empires-- Persian, Greek and Ottoman. From the flesh of her own tri-cultural heritage, the photographs travel somewhere between private graffiti and public tattoo. Navab’s abdomen serves as the site of the intersections of competing cultures and politics, where Alexander the Great is depicted in Persian miniatures, or Adam and Eve are depicted in an Ottoman one, or a miniature begun in Shiraz is then completed in Istanbul. I Am Not a Miniature invites us to imagine an alternative collaboration between differing cultures than domination or demonization.


Aphrodite Désirée Navab is an artist based in New York City of Iranian and Greek descent (b. Isfahan, Iran). In 2004 she completed a doctorate in Art Education at Columbia University. She received her BA magna cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College in 1993. Navab’s art has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and performances around the world and is included in a number of permanent collections. Her art was showcased in the museum exhibition and catalogue, Through the Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection, at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. The exhibition featured only 100 significant photographs from more than 1000 photographic holdings: from Julia Margaret Cameron and Walker Evans to Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.




For more information please contact the gallery at 212-367-8994 or info@soho20gallery.com

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